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A brief history of Skype…   1 comment

…from a Windows user point of view.

We have been waiting for a good Skype app since the the early Windows Phone 7 era. There was a Skype app, which was quite powerful, however it was slow and clunky, and notifications for messages and calls never really worked. At that time, Skype was owned by Skype, so we WP users thought that Skype was not willing to develop a good client for us due to the small WP user base.

Then, WP8 came out, and MS bought Skype and all WP users rejoiced, as MS was going to revamp Skype on its own (new) phone platform. Instead, there were only minor updates for the WP8 version of the app, which kept to be cluncky, slow, and missing notifications. However, MS continued to develop the Skype client for Android and iOS. Also, in the meantime, they stopped upgrading Skype for WP7.5 users, and changed the API, so the Skype app stopped working on WP7.5 completely.

Later, Windows 10 was announced, and its Universal apps, and all WP8 users rejoiced again: finally the great plan was clear: MS had not developed a WP8 Skype client because they were going to develop it directly for W10. In the meantime, MS discontinued and pull the touch-friendly Skype app they had developed for Windows 8: it was not a great app, but it was working just fine, and most importantly, all the tablet users were left with no other choice than the desktop app. Not that it was bad, it but it was not touch friendly at all.

When W10 finally came out for pc, despite the promises of the new Universal Skype app, there was still the old desktop client only. In addition to being touch unfriendly and incompatible with the new notification system of W10, the desktop Skype became all pixellated due to the different DPI scaling system of W10, giving even the old-school mouse+keyboard users something to complain about, finally.

Now W10 TH2 and W10M have arrived, together with the long-awaited integrated Skype app: and this is what we get:

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Text and emoticons only. No images, no videos, no location sharing, no voice messages, no file sharing. Microsoft, you have been trying very hard to push even the most faithful of the fanboys away.

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Posted November 26, 2015 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Open letter to Cineworld   Leave a comment

This letter was also sent to customer.services@cineworld.co.uk.

Dear Cineworld customer service staff,

On Monday 5th October 2015, at 19:45, I visited Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street to watch “The Martian” in 3D.

After that visit, I was asked for feedback through your internet form, and I left it. I also left my email address in the “comments” field, and invited you to reply. Having received nothing so far, I brought it to twitter, where I was immediately told that you cannot reply to that feedback (for what reason?), and because my experience was terrible, I try again here. Let’s see.

On that evening, my movie experience was completely ruined by a continuous crackling, crunching and snoring of people sitting near me. It was a continuous eating pop corn, candies, and chips for the ENTIRE duration of the movie, LOUDLY. It was not just the crunching and chewing, either: the paper packaging of the popcorn and chips did the rest. Everything was alternating with some chatting. Then, one of them fell asleep and started to snore for about 20 minutes.

Needless to say that this ruined the entire movie experience for me.

I know, some people are rude. The solution would be straightforward to me: having one member of staff in the room, making sure that this does not happen. Also, selling foods in appropriate packaging, instead of crackling paper bags, would help.

Now I know what you might reply: you cannot be the police. Or, I could have told them to be quiet (did I not? And do you think it helped, or made things worse?). But this shall not be my problem, it should be yours. I pay for the ticket and I want to enjoy the movie, in a reasonably quiet room of yours. If you REALLY want to the be place for movie lovers (as you claim), you have to sort this out. If you want to be the place where casual people meet to eat snacks, chat and sleep, disturbing a constantly-decreasing number of movie lovers, keep doing what you do. I have been coming to Cineworld in the last few years and the issue has gotten worse and worse, until it has become unacceptable for me anymore.

Movies are coming out in Blu-ray and for streaming shortly after the cinema, and I have a large 3D TV in my (quiet) living room. If things don’t change, I will hardly watch a movie there again.

Unless it’s for some pop-corns, a sparkling coke and a chat with friends. At £12.40 a seat (not even including food and drinks) it ain’t cheap, but who knows, some time soon you might even turn off that annoying movie in the background.

Kind regards

maTTeo

Posted October 20, 2015 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

A beautiful evening in Glasgow   Leave a comment

 

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Posted June 19, 2012 by mtcerio in Adventures in Glasgow

Glasgow at 22:30 with Saturn   Leave a comment

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Posted May 12, 2012 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Cycling around Isle of Bute   Leave a comment

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19.1 miles on a mountain bike!

Posted July 17, 2011 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Bye bye Rover 200   Leave a comment

21/01/1999 – 28/01/2011 (and still working)

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Posted January 30, 2011 by mtcerio in Uncategorized

Snowboarding a Bormio   Leave a comment

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Posted January 9, 2011 by mtcerio in Uncategorized